This was the last of 122 segments that have been placed in position as part of the £1.35bn project, which began construction in 2011. The new road bridge represents a major upgrade to the crucial cross-Forth transport corridor and is the biggest single infrastructure development in Scotland for a generation.
The remaining gap was located near the southern shore of the Forth between the south tower span and the southern approach viaduct , and was the last piece to be installed since the deck-lifting began in September 2015. With this landmark moment being reached, the completion of the bridge edges nearer.
Ramboll engineers from around the globe have worked on the striking scheme, leading the Design Joint Venture alongside Sweco and Leonhardt Andra und Partners in this Transport Scotland project.
Commenting on the reaching of this milestone, Peter Curran, Project Director at Ramboll, said: “We are honoured to be working on such an exciting project. This deck closure represents a significant step towards completion of the project and is the result of a lot of committed and professional work from across the project team.
Luca Cargnino, M. Sc Structural Engineer, from the Danish Ramboll team has worked on the Queensferry Crossing detail design for the past five years and said: “The Queensferry Crossing is an inspirational structure. It has been a great reward for all our hard work, to see the last deck segment successfully lifted into place. As a young bridge engineer I realise what we can achieve with such a dedicated and skilled team.”
You can find out more about this fascinating project here.
The Queensferry Crossing sits within a beautiful bridge-scape representing three centuries of bridge innovation. It is the UK’s tallest bridge and the world’s longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge.